welcome to nhk world "newsline." i'm gene otani in tokyo. here is a look at some of the stories we're following this hour. the operator of a nuclear plant in southwestern japan is closer to getting the green light to turn on two of its reactors. at the crippled fukushima daiichi plant, managers are making efforts to improve the conditions of their workers. crews from a chinese oil rig say they are finished drilling near disputed islands in the south china sea. vietnam remains cautious of the country's next moves.
a nuclear plant in southwestern japan is one step closer to restarting two reactors. its safety measures have been approved by the country's nuclear regulator. all the reactors in japan were idled after the 2011 disaster. this could mean a return of the industry. as reported, there are still safety concerns this need to be addressed. the past nuclear regulation authority or nra released its decision on two reactors in kagoshima prefecture. the sendai nuclear power plant operated by kyushu power company and confirmed the plant has met the new safety standard. >> translator: we have thoroughly examined measures to tackle severe accidents and
natural disasters to ensure safety. i believe we have made a major change. all of japan's 48 reactors are off line. three years ago an earthquake and tsunami damaged the power plant. it was a catalyst for the reform of the industry's safety standards. the nra has been conducting screening based on strict new rules which went into effect last year. the focus is how earthquake resistant the facilities are. the nra wants to know the maximum magnitude of possible earthquakes and tsunami. the operator of the sendai plant set higher estimates for tremors and waves and the nra gave
priority to the plant saying those estimates were appropriate. workers at the plant are hurrying to finish all upgrades. they have built 10 meter high walls to protect equipment from tsunami break water and they installed pipes that can withstand tremors. >>translator: we will complete the task quickly so the plants operations can be resumed as soon as possible. >> reporter: the nra approved the upgraded design and safety features of the sendai plant at the wednesday meeting. the decision was welcomed by the government. >>translator: we would like to push forward restarting the reactors with the conclusion of the safety screening and understanding of local people. >> reporter: but not everyone was understanding.
many are making their voices heard over the safety concerns. many people are rallying in front of the building where nra's office is located. they are yelling and holding signs to show their discontent toward the decision. protesters say the screening of the plant was fast and sloppy and that the evacuation plan for residents is insufficient. people on the other side are split over the decision. >>translator: i don't want it to be restarted. i'm concerned about the safety of the next generation. >> translator: i agree with the restart, because it is necessary for us. some locals benefit from it. >> reporter: the nra's decision isn't final.
the regulator will take a month to collect comments from the public. then they will look for approval from local municipalities. there are still on site operational checks to be done. the sendai plant faces many challenges in regaining trust of those who are cautious about the safety of the nuclear energy. >> crews at the fukushima daiichi plant are working. >> managers at the fukushima daiichi plant are stepping up efforts to improve their employees' long-term working environment but they are facing many obstacles. nhk went for an inside look on this edition of "nuclear watch." >> reporter: cleaning up fukushima daiichi is a big job. workers are removing radioactive contamination and
decommissioning damaged reactors at the same time. the area around the crippled buildings still had high levels of radiation. people here work in shifts and take breaks every few hours. this is the resting place for workers. so whenever workers finish their works or they wait for another works, they spend the time here. relaxing, maybe have a cup of tea, water, or read a magazine. as many as 6,000 workers come to the site every day. their schedules are designed to minimize radiation exposure. tepco officials explain most of the people here are employees of subcontracting companies. it means the utility is not directly responsible for their safety.
but tepco officials have started taking measures to improve conditions at the plant. >> translator: we consider improving the working environment to be a top priority. >> reporter: they are constructing a new facility for workers. the building will have a dining space where hot meals will be served. it will also have devices people can use to check their internal radiation exposure. it's not just spaces for breaks that are getting improvements. an example is this vehicle repair factory. nothing like it existed here before it was built. that worried many workers. the vehicles here can't leave because they may be contaminated so if one broke down or needed repairs, there was no way to fix it. now that problem has been solved.
>> translator: insuring worker safety is essential for safe and speedy decommissioning. >> reporter: but experts say more needs to be done to ensure the safety of workers. >> translator: at fukushima daiichi, the task of checking workers' health is handled by the companies that hire them but what we need is a centralized system of checking the health of all workers. >> reporter: osaka says the japanese government needs to establish a system for making sure the workers are healthy. there are other issues to consider. when workers finish a shift, they are required to take off their protective gear, their clothing and equipment is treated as contaminated waste. tepco is now constructing an incineration facility to deal with it.
but the manager overseeing the project says he's not sure when it will be ready. >> translator: all of us have to stop working right when our shifts end to minimize radiation exposure. it's not like a normal construction site. >> reporter: he says under these conditions, it's hard to stay on schedule. tepco has a lot riding on the safety of the plants' workers. their health and well being is critical to the success of the decommissioning project. nhk world, fukushima daiichi. >> in a surprise announcement wednesday, china said an oil rig set up in the south china
satisfy is finished its work. >> good evening, gene. vietnam state run media are reporting this as a top story. relations between the two countries has been worsen since china moved the equipment in may. vietnam television aired a program that showed a correspondent on board a maritime police vessel reporting the latest development. the waters in question are near the paracls islands. since then, clashes between ships from the two countries have erupted one after another. relations have plunged to lowest levels since 1979. the united states criticized
china's move calling it provocative. but on wednesday china's state news agency xinhua said it . the drilling would conclude on august 15th, about a month from now. a spokesperson for the chinese foreign ministry said on wednesday that companies concerned will map out work plans for the next step based on analysis and assessment of the geological da da that was collected. vietnamese spokesperson responded to questions by nhk by condemning china. >> paw paw new begin necessity's
has been growing steadily thanks to its growing resources. the country is making headlines for a darker reason. violence against women. nhk world explains. >> reporter: there was a stranger there. he started fighting and hitting me and then start biting my lip. >> one woman lost her lips. another was assaulted by her husband in front of her children. these abused women in papa new guinea appear in a new video. 70% of women have been the victims of sexual assault and other forms of violence. child fund has an office in its
capital. the group has been supporting needy children and it began a program to help abused women. >> what we are trying to do is giving support to the survivors of violence. second is what is said is raising awareness is creating an environment within the communities so that the violence reduces. >> reporter: this shelter receives support from child fund. it's a place for women who runaway from abusive men. when we visited last month, five women and their children were taking shelter. each woman is given her own room and stays at the facility from 4
to 6 weeks. during that time, they prepare to return to society and start the process of healing. >> we take care of them. we feed them. they are provided counselling by the staff that is here, very capable staff that is here. they are provided with medical care. we have some vocational training that we try to get them involved in. >> jenny is from a mountainous area. she arrived at the facility at the end of may with her two children. she says she could no longer put up with her common-law husband's violent behavior. >>translator: my husband beat me and cut my fingers with a knife. he also slashed my head. >> reporter: economic growth has given people more spending power. some use their money on drugs
and alcohol. experts say that fuels more abuse against women. she is taking legal action so she can live separately from her partner, but she says she isn't sure she can raise two children on her own. >>translator: i need to live apart from my partner, but i need money to raise my kids. i'm a housewife without a job. >> reporter: papua new guinea's leaders have started to take action. they have passed laws to protect women. community leaders say all of society need to pull together to keep women safe. >> that wraps up our bulletin.
>> thanks. >> chinese leaders hope they are seeing the results of their efforts to stimulate the economy. growth domestic product has picked up for the first time in three quarters. officials with the national bureau of statistics said gdp expanded 7.5% over the same period last year. it edged up from 7.4% in the first quarter. that suggests the economy has stopped slowing down. >>translator: the chinese economy is generally stable and structural reforms are on track. >> government officials have been investing in infrastructure and have eased credit for some financial institutions to get more money flowing through the economy and exporters have
benefited from the recovery in industrialized countries. gas prices at the pump rose for the 12th straight week. the latest data shows the regular price per liter was 169.9 yen. that's up 0.2 yen from the previous week. retail prices are likely to fall next week. they say crude oil prices have recently started to show a declining trend and some wholesalers are beginning to lower their prices. spoeshl good news for sushi lovers. they are now set to launch a new facility to expand its output.
officials agreed to set up a new center for the hatched fish. the facility will handle the entire farming process starting from artificial incubation to breeding. it will start as early as may. the aim is to produce 300,000 fish annually in about three years. roughly about 10% of the quantity consumed in japan. >> one of our goals is to export it for the overseas markets. we're hoping it will make it globally competitive. >> it started commercialization four and a half years ago. the international scientific community for tuna and tuna-like
fish in the pacific ocean said their population is declining. prime minister shinzo abe says he will bolster health care programs for people affected by 2011 earthquake and tsunami. abe inspected public housing for those hit by the disaster in the prefecture. he made monthly visits. people who moved in the homes said many live alone. they asked for programs that helped them engage in the community.
>> translator: i realize the need to step up programs for the physical and mental health of people here. >> abe asked officials to draw up a plan to increase the number of advisers and counselors. he also inspected a business that grows rice and vegetables. he was briefed how workers removed salt from the soil to restore cultivation after the tsunami. he tried his hand at packing some of the produce. israeli leaders are warning tens of thousands of palestinians living in the gaza strip to head to safe places. they resumed air strikes on terror projects after the cease-fire proposed by egypt didn't take hold. >> media told 100,000 residents
of northern and eastern gaza to leave their homes or face an air assault. israeli leaders took a short pause in their operation against hamas, the militant group that controls gaza. they accepted the cease-fire proposed by egyptian government officials but hamas leaders rejected it. their fighters continued to fire off rocket after rocket at israel. one shot landed at a border checkpoint and killed an israeli man. he's the first israeli fatality. prime minister benjamin netanyahu said hamas will pay the price for its decision. he's promising to widen and increase the campaign in gaza. already the conflict is into its second week. more than 190 palestinians have died and as i mentioned one israeli. the number of wounded is similarly skewed. about 1400 palestinians injured compared to 69 israelis. part of the reason for is
israeli's defense system called the iron dome. soldiers have used it to shut down hundreds of rockets. the israeli operation in gaza has weakened hamas, but they have rejected the cease-fire because they need a win to justify losses. they are pushing for an easing of the blockade against gaza and want israelis to release imprisoned hamas members. all of this means this conflict could stretch on for days more. the israelis haven't ruled out a ground invasion. president obama's spokesman at the white house said the u.s. is very concerned about palestinians who are in harm's way. >> that's why we've been urging israeli and palestinian leaders to do everything necessary to try to safeguard the safety and well-being of civilians on both sides of the border. that's why we have said nobody wants to see a ground invasion. >> still josh earnest repeated the u.s. line that israeli leaders have the right to defend their citizens.
>> that was nhk world's craig dale. typhoon ramasun left a trail of destruction in the philippines. our meteorologist robert speta is here with the details. robert. >> yes, gene, the storm system came on shore, through the evening hours trapped over land maintaining its typhoon strength. once it pushed over manila during the early morning hours it was packing winds well over 120 kilometers per hour. these photos are located right in manila bay. see those high winds on shore. some of the boats needed to be secured, one of the fishermen trying to do that.
people trying to get indoors. due to rising floodwaters there. meanwhile manila, widespread damage. this was one boat near the immediate storm line due to the storm surge. also seeing upwards 85% of the city of manila without power. there has been deaths reported at this time and numerous people are missing. this is a very ongoing situation. as far as the forecast is concerned, though, there's good news. as far as southern luzon, we are going to be seeing improving conditions. the storm system is now pulling away out here in the south china sea still intensifying, 144 to 198 kilometers per hour. it's expected to become a strong typhoon before making landfall into the east by friday afternoon to evening hours. some locations on the island could see as much as 300 to 400 millimeters of rain. this is something we really need to watch out for. meanwhile on the accumulation outlook another storm system developing out here, something we want to watch out for especially since the philippines are recovering from the typhoon
which pushed overhead. china, you don't need any more rainfall unfortunately. with the typhoon coming in, that could add more grief for you. some locations we have been seeing serious flooding. i want to take you to a video out of southwestern china where we have seen that significant flooding the past several days. this is a 300-year-old town of fenghuang in central china flooded. the river rose one meter above flooding level causing severe power outages. look at the people. 50,000 residents and tourists were evacuated over the province. there was widespread flooding. good news, you see all this, there has been a shining light, no casualties reported out of the floodwaters. that is something we're going to watch over the next several days. over the next 24 hours, you actually still could see 100 to 150 meters of rainfall across
the river basin stretching towards the west on top of what has already occurred. shanghai with 33, cloudy skies in your forecast, same with seoul. beijing passing showers toward thursday. some good news with that. it could clear up haze there. and into tokyo, afternoon thunderstorms will likely be the main threat. now as we take a look over towards americas, high pressure dominating the midwest. this big area of cool weather pushing in from the north. the cold front along the leading edge of it. that's firing thunderstorms along eastern seaborad. back to the west northern portions of texas, kansas, and oklahoma, seeing large hail and possibly damaging wind. furthermore flash flooding, heavy rainfall coming out of a few of these storms. as i mentioned things will stay cool in chicago, high of 19, overnight lows in the low teens. south of that front staying hot and steamy in houston and maybe towards miami. here is the extended outlook.
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